This Is the Most Striking Sentence

by Richard Brookhiser

…I’ve read in a while: God alone is man’s true good, and since man abandoned him it is a strange fact that nothing in nature has been found to take his place: stars, sky, earth, elements, plants, cabbages, leeks, animals, insects, calves, serpents, fever, plague, war, famine, vice, adultery, incest. Pascal, Pensees. God to stars to leeks to incest is quick work.